LeGarrette Blount Signs With The Tennessee Titans

April 26th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

For a period of time during his tenure at Oregon, it appeared as if running back LeGarrette Blount would never see the football field again, following an incident in the first game of the 2009 college football season.

Blount was suspended indefinitely by the team, and needed to meet strict requirements along the road of redemption if he had any aspiration of getting back in the good graces of the university.

The running back did everything asked of him, and made it for the final game and Rose Bowl.

Blount then announced his intentions to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

Pick after pick however, Blount did not hear his name.  As the final name was called, Blount was not amongst those selected from the pool of players available.

It did not take long for him to be picked up however, as he and the Tennessee Titans have agreed to a contract.

“I’m not sure quite what happened, but I think it kind of fell in our lap a little bit,” remarked Tennessee general manager Mike Reinfeldt.

“He’s a different kind of halfback than the running backs we have and I think the opportunity is probably better here than it was in San Francisco,” Reinfeldt continued. “They have three kinds of power halfbacks. [Blount’s] a different dimension for us.”

The Titans needed a running back after sending LenDale White out west to the Seattle Seahawks over the weekend during the 2010 NFL draft.

In addition to Blount, the Titans also added undrafted player Stafon Johnson.

Reinfeldt stated that the Titans did their homework when it came to Blount, and decided that he was a player that they would like to have, and fit into their offensive system.

“We talked to the kid, we talked to Tony Dungy, who counseled the young man some, I think we spent a lot of time talking to the coaches there. I think we felt that it was probably the right thing to give him an opportunity,” Reinfeldt remarked. “From a talent standpoint, he’s a good player. … Jeff and I talked to a number of people, so we’re OK with that decision.”

As a junior for the Ducks, Blount tabbed over 1,000 yards rushing on the season, with 17 touchdowns, and was poised for a breakout 2009 season prior to his suspension.

The Titans are hoping that Blount has learned from his mistakes, and can grow from them and become the player on the field that had a knack for getting in the endzone.

USA Online Sportsbooks have installed the Titans as a contender for Super Bowl XLV, with 28/1 odds on Bodog.

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